Montreal matched Vegas’s level in the first period but offered the Golden Knights a scoring opportunity on a silver platter. Joel Edmundsson made a costly mistake by clearing the puck straight to Hague in the high slot. The defenceman took no time to find the back of the net.
The Habs made up for their mistake just under a minute later when Dach found Caufield with a cross-ice pass and the winger completed the one-timer from the right faceoff circle.
The Golden Knights regained their lead at 2:24 of the second period by catching Montreal rookie Jordan Harris in a two-on-one situation. William Karlsson and Smith connected to notch Vegas’s second goal of the night.
Fans at the Bell Centre got their money’s worth with seven goals in the third period. Montreal tied the game early in the third when Dach connected with Suzuki on a give-and-go play.
Vegas regained their lead on the power play. Allen mishandled a shot from Phil Kessel with his glove. Smith pounced on the puck to get his second marker of the night.
The Golden Knights pulled away with two goals in just over 20 seconds. Kolesar deflected a shot from the point to grab his second of the season and then assisted on Roy’s marker, giving Vegas a 5-2 lead.
Montreal cut their gap back to two goals on the power play when Suzuki stunned Hill with a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle.
Jack Eichel connected with Marchessault who sniped Vegas’ sixth goal of the game with a one-timer.
Slafkovsky then netted his third of the season to close out a goal-friendly third period.
By assisting on Smith’s first goal, Marchessault notched his 300th NHL point with the Golden Knights. Skating in his home province, the Quebec City native became the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat. Marchessault picked up 301 of his 371 career points with Vegas.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 5, 2022.
Tristan D'Amours, The Canadian Press